The Original Owner Sold This 1971 El Camino After Two Years, Still an Amazing Survivor

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If you wanted an El Camino in 1971, the first engine you could get was the lazy 250 six-cylinder. I don't have any numbers, but I don't believe too many people ordered this unit, as the El Camino was already becoming a superstar in the tuning world, with diehard fans installing massive big blocks for more power.
Chevrolet knew this was happening, so it wanted to provide people interested in turning the El Camino into a rocket on wheels with larger units.

The LS6 454 was no longer available, but the GM brand offered a 454 for big-block fanatics. A 402 was also available at a lower price, but the 307 and the 350 became the most popular V8s in the lineup.

The El Camino posted on eBay by seller vfinemotorcars rolled off the assembly lines with a 350. The same unit is still in the car, and after getting rebuilt in 2017, it's in tip-top shape, using a 2-barrel carburetor to deliver 245 horsepower.

The sellers claim the car is a "true survivor," spending its entire life with the second owner. The first person who owned this El Camino sold it after only two years, but the truck has stayed with the same owner since 1973. It has already received a series of refreshes, so while it's described as a survivor, you should have everything checked if you're interested in an all-original truck.

The paint looks good but is no longer the original layer sprayed by Chevrolet before the El Camino left the factory. It was resprayed in the '80s, and the only part that requires further repairs is the black vinyl top. The seller says it shows its age, but this is unsurprising, considering the car has never received a complete restoration but only partial repairs.

The interior is untouched, and it shows. It would also need a refresh, flexing a Sandalwood bench seat with a matching headliner. It looks good, considering the age, but if you want to get this El Camino as a collectible, you'll want to have the cabin refreshed, too.

You'll have to inspect the truck thoroughly to determine how much of it is still original, but you'll also get several goodies that came with the car, including the factory wheels with center caps, the original owner manual, the Protect-O-Plate, and the correct spare tire with a jack.

Unsurprisingly, the garage in charge of finding a new owner won't let this El Camino sell cheaply, as they hope to get nearly $19K for the truck. The Make Offer button is also available if you're interested in the El Camino but don't want to spend that much, so go see the vehicle in Austin, Texas, convince your wife you need a new Chevy, and then contact the seller with an offer.
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About the author: Bogdan Popa
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Bogdan keeps an eye on how technology is taking over the car world. His long-term goals are buying an 18-wheeler because he needs more space for his kid’s toys, and convincing Google and Apple that Android Auto and CarPlay deserve at least as much attention as their phones.
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